Peace is not around the corner. “A top Hamas official said that the newly announced Palestinian unity government ‘will not recognize “Israel” and will not give up the resistance,’ throwing into jeopardy the new ruling government’s access to U.S. assistance and other measures. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to dissolve the long ruling Palestinian Authority and form a government with the terror group Hamas, which rules over the Gaza Strip.”
Is Secretary of State John Kerry on the verge of giving up? We’ll see: “What is the point of all Kerry’s efforts, and of the difficult steps being called for–such as the release of Pollard and of hundreds of criminals–if talks will never get off the ground in any event? . . . Secretary Kerry should make it clear to Abbas that choosing a unity government with a terrorist group is choosing to end negotiations with Israel–and that he will end his own efforts should that step be taken. ” To get a Nobel Peace Prize, I guess.
Close to perfect. “[I]n Michigan, former secretary of state Terri Lynn Land, the presumptive GOP nominee facing Democratic Rep. Gary Peters for an open U.S. Senate seat, has taken it head-on in a 30-second spot called ‘Really?’ that is simply one of the standout ads of the season. . . . What makes this ad so good? It’s simple, it’s funny, it’s humanizing, shareable, memorable and short. All of which means that going forward, every time Peters talks about his stance on women’s issues and tries to make the argument that Land is bad for women, there will be an automatic rejoinder courtesy of Land’s own ad. Can’t you just see her shaking her head and saying ‘Really?’ in a debate?” Yup.
The election is not quite in sight, but she better come up with some answers. The GOP group is starting early: “10 Important People Who Can’t Name A Hillary Clinton Accomplishment.”
It’s nearly democratic! On 50 pro-gay activists’ letter on dissent: “Moved to action by the Brendan Eich affair, the signatories—coming from the political left, right, and middle—argue that opposition to gay marriage should not be considered an intolerable offense. On the contrary, they maintain, dissent—and not only in connection to gay marriage—should be cherished because it is a hallmark of freedom.”
Another seat within grasp for the GOP. “U.S. Chamber of Commerce polling, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates last Wednesday and Thursday, shows the Colorado Senate race is a dead heat with the climate favorable for the GOP. The internal survey, obtained exclusively by POLITICO, has Republican Rep. Cory Gardner up by 2 points among likely voters, 44 percent to 42 percent, over Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Libertarian Party candidate Gaylon Kent pulls 7 percent. This is within the 4-point margin of error.”
Next door the Russians are licking their chops. “The promised Ukrainian military effort to reassert control over the restive eastern part of the country barely registered on Wednesday, but the Geneva agreement to defuse the crisis in the country frayed even further as the United States and Russia exchanged warnings and accusations of meddling in the region.”